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Cuneiform Tablets On Eye Diseases: Babylonian Sources In Relation To The Series DIŠ NA IGIII-ŠÚ GIG

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The vast majority of cuneiform tablets concerned with eye diseases known so far are of Assyrian origin. This situation is purely accidental and basically due to the immense number of cuneiform texts excavated at Nineveh during the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. The compilers of the series dis na igi-sú gig "If someone's eyes are diseased", which comprises three library tablets with four column each, collected all the available sources that deal with symptoms of eye diseases and compiled a more or less detailed description of the correct treatments. The sources the scholar or scholars used to compile this long series of three tablets came from different traditions. This can be seen, for instance, from the instructions in BAMVI 515, copied by Franz Köcher. Different traditions behind the series can also be detected within the sequence of procedures for the so-called magical treatment.

Keywords: Assyrian origin; cuneiform tablets; Eye Diseases; Franz Köcher; Nineveh



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